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Penguicon March Month-in-Review

Another St. Patrick’s day where that one neighbor keeps playing that one Dropkick Murphys CD they bought in the late 1990s done. Most of the mess cleaned-up. Life returning to normal. And then you’re hit with the looming realization Penguicon is less than six weeks away and you’ve yet to do anything to get ready for your panel or costume or party and you start to feel like Beaker. At least there’s an abundance of Easter (or, if you prefer,…

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Ribbon Deadline is two days away!

Like many Science Fiction conventions in the mid-west, our attendees often make ribbon-gathering into an event of its own via trading. While some ribbons represent official matters like who is staff or who is a presenter, most of them are fun, even silly ways to express yourself. Ribbons (intended to be attached to your membership badge) are one of the best things about SF/F conventions – sometimes they’re used to highlight roles (like Guests of Honor). They’re used to express your fandom (like…

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Penguicon Maker Market Sneak Peek (6 of 6)

Our Maker Market is chock full of artists from our community who make everything from paintings to leather to unique electronics.  Again this year, our makers are not reselling anything – it all comes from them.  This post highlighting our makers is the sixth in a series – be sure to check them out during Penguicon! Christine’s Unique Creations. LLC After a devastating diagnosis of MS Christine became inspired to create beautiful things after reading a story about a woman…

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PenguiLab 2.0 spotlight!

  For the third year in a row, Penguicon participants will be able to get hands-on with Linux in our new Computer Lab! We have upgraded all the computers and are excited to announce a Network CTF event for the first time at Penguicon! The Computer Lab is sponsored by the Michigan Cyber Range and powered by Merit Networks. The Michigan Cyber Range (MCR) helps cybersecurity professionals prepare for real-world situations. Space in the CTF event is limited! So please…

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Amal El-Mohtar, 2018 Penguicon Guest of Honor!

We are happy to announce our third and final Guest of Honor from the Writing Excuses Podcast – Amal El-Mohtar! Amal has won the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus awards for short fiction, and has won the Rhysling award for poetry three times. She reviews books for NPR, was recently appointed the Otherworldly columnist for the New York Times, and lives in Ottawa with her spouse and two cats. Her work has appeared in magazines such as Tor.com, Fireside Fiction, Lightspeed, and Strange Horizons, and in anthologies…

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Penguicon Maker Market Sneak Peak (5 of 6)

Our Maker Market is chock full of artists from our community who make everything from paintings to leather to unique electronics.  Again this year, our makers are not reselling anything – it all comes from them.  This post highlighting our makers is the fifth in a series – be sure to check them out during Penguicon! Mimosa Studio Melissa Francis is a self taught artist that creates original and fan-based illustrations. She specializes in chibi, kawaii, and anime styled illustrations…

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Event Spotlight: Capture the Flag (CTF)

Are you ready to put your Network Security skills to the test? Well, you’ll have a chance to at Penguicon! Merit Network, our proud sponsor, is hosting a Network Capture the Flag (CTF) event on Saturday, May 5th from 10am-5pm!  Additionally, attendees will be able to Meet with the creators of the event on Friday to learn about the CTF environment. There will be both reserved seats and open seats (first come, first served) for attendees in one hour blocks.  Space is limited! So…

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Penguicon Maker Market Sneak Peak (4 of 6)!

Our Maker Market is chock full of artists from our community who make everything from paintings to leather to unique electronics.  Again this year, our makers are not reselling anything – it all comes from them.  This post highlighting our makers is the fourth in a series – be sure to check them out during Penguicon! Things from Rings David Foley makes one of a kind rings that he fashions into chainmail jewelry and other unique pieces.   Kawaii Atama…

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Penguicon Event Spotlight: Writer’s Block!

Are you an author who’d like to experience Penguicon’s programming, be on panels, connect with your fans and potential fans, do readings AND perhaps sell a few books? Hooray, The Writer’s Block is back for 2018! The Writer’s Block consists of two rooms on the third floor – one where we will have small readings/signings and one where our Writer’s Block staff will accept books by their authors and sell them (consignment style), without markup, to any interested Penguicon attendees…

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Penguicon Maker Market Sneak Peek ( 3 of 6)!

Our Maker Market is chock full of artists from our community who make everything from paintings to leather to unique electronics.  Again this year, our makers are not reselling anything – it all comes from them.  This post highlighting our makers is the third in a series – be sure to check them out during Penguicon! Tao By Design If you are looking for the opportunity to glimpse into the mind of an artist who dreams of color palettes that…

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